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Pacific Northwest Artists

The Frye Art Museum’s substantial collection of works by artists of the Pacific Northwest reflects the Museum’s transformation from a personal selection of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century—predominantly European—oil paintings to a museum dedicated to creative practice in its myriad forms. Since opening in 1952 to the present day, the Museum has remained steadfast in exhibiting and collecting artworks by contemporary artists, especially those living and practicing in the city of Seattle and surrounding region. Walser Sly Greathouse, executor of the Frye estate and founding director of the Museum, ensured Charles and Emma Frye's vision for a free, public art museum for the people of Seattle was brought to life. Beginning in 1952, Greathouse was the first of six directors who expanded the Museum’s collection, acquiring new works to enliven and contextualize the paintings bequeathed by the Fryes. Subsequent leaders sustained the Museum’s legacy within the evolving identity of the Pacific Northwest through the ongoing collection and exhibition of works by artists of the region—from Washington and Oregon up to Alaska. The Museum’s extensive holdings of Alaskan art were initially assembled by the Museum’s second director, Ida Kay Greathouse. Between 1969 and 1993, she acquired over 125 paintings and works on paper. Subsequent Frye directors Richard V. West, Midge Bowman, and Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker added 175 more works by artists associated with the northernmost state. Highlights of the Pacific Northwest holdings range from twentieth-century Alaskan landscapes by artists such as Sydney Laurence and Eustace Paul Ziegler, to evocative works by contemporary artists and artist collectives across a broad range of mediums, including Juventino Aranda, the Black Constellation, Alison Bremner, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Ellen Lesperance, Jeffry Mitchell, Buster Simpson, and Ko Kirk Yamahira, among others.

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Title Artist Medium Date
Untitled [Purple flower postcard with written message]   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Felt pen on paper  after 1960 
Untitled [Schooner]   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Oil on canvas  n.d. 
Untitled [Tree roots, Carmel, California]   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1984 
Untitled [Uli figure from New Ireland, Melanesia, early 20th century]   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Pencil and ink on paper  ca. 1967-68 
Untitled [Valentine card inscribed to Wes Wehr]   Juvonen, Helmi Dagmar   Felt pen on paper  after 1960 
Unvanquished   Rising, Dorothy   Watercolor on paper  ca. 1956 
Vaccination at Bethel, Alaska on the Lower Kuskoquim (1935)   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Pencil, oil and colored washes on Masonite  1935 
Valdez, Alaska   Laurence, Sydney   Watercolor on paper  1914 
Vegetables & Pear   Bundas, Rudolph   Watercolor on paper  1972 
Venetian Palaces   Gustin, Paul Morgan   Etching  1924 
Venice Sailboats   Laurence, Sydney   Oil on board  n.d. 
Victor Antone, Kenai, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1989 
View of Mt. McKinley   Laurence, Sydney   Oil on canvas  n.d. 
View of Mt. Shuksan   Laurence, Sydney   Oil on canvas  n.d. 
Village Dancers   Stephens, Terrill   Pastel on paper  1982 
Waiting for the Fish Run   Ziegler, Eustace Paul   Watercolor on illustration board  ca. 1949 
Waiting for the Whale   Machetanz, Fred   Lithograph  1970 
Warren   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1988 
Washington Coast Oyster Dock   Marshall, Fred B.   Watercolor on paper  1962 
Washtucna   Savage, Victoria   Oil on Masonite  1964 
Watching the Fireflies   Van Zyle, Jon   Lithograph  1986 
Water Lilies, Seward, Alaska   Kimura, Sam Isamu   Gelatin silver print  1986 
Waterfront, Seattle   Gustin, Paul Morgan   Etching  1911 
We'll Always have Grenada...!   Horsey, David   Graphite, brush, pen, and ink on illustration board  1989 
Weed Bouquet   Dudgeon, Earl   Oil on linen mounted on Masonite  ca. 1965 


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